Billtown medical student receives award
Alan Johnson, a third-year medical student of The Commonwealth Medical College west regional campus in Williamsport, recently received the Medical Student Professionalism and Service Award from the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP).
Johnson was one of 16 students across the country who received the award. He was recognized at the ACEP's annual Scientific Assembly Oct. 8-11 in Denver, Colo.
Each year, the ACEP recognizes students who intend to pursue a career in emergency medicine and provide outstanding care to patients in a manner that exemplifies professionalism and a humanistic approach to patients, their families and fellow health care workers. The award is presented to student leaders who display committed, active service within medical organizations and the community.
Johnson founded the Emergency Medicine Interest Group at The Commonwealth Medical College.
Red Cross' new board meets
The newly formed board of directors of the American Red Cross of North Central Pennsylvania met for the first time Sept. 12 at the Genetti Hotel.
New board members are Emmitt Clark, Gregory Cummings, Kevin Hodrick, Carole and Tom Livingston, Mike Loeh, Nathan Smyth and Secretary Shawna Turner.
Mark Lusk, George Brown and Ruth Grico resigned from the board.
Tom Szulanczyk encouraged members to attend upcoming training and orientation programs.
"The Red Cross is here in Lycoming, Clinton and Tioga counties, doing great things, raising money, awareness, collecting blood and teaching health and safety courses," he said. "We need strong volunteers and board members to accomplish our mission, and I feel like we really have that here."
To donate to the Red Cross, call 800-733-2767 or visit the North Central PA Chapter Office, 320 E. Third St.
Geisinger selected by Wal-Mart to participate
in Centers of Excellence program
DANVILLE - Geisinger Medical Center is one of six health care organizations from across the country selected by Wal-Mart to participate in the company's Centers of Excellence program. As part of the arrangement, GMC will provide heart surgery services for Wal-Mart associates and their dependents.
"We are pleased to be selected by Wal-Mart to participate in this innovative Centers of Excellence program," said Geisinger Health System president and CEO Dr. Glenn Steele Jr. "It is gratifying that the company recognizes Geisinger's innovative programs and our ongoing efforts to enhance quality and value for our patients."
In addition to Geisinger, Wal-Mart also is partnering with the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio; Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.; Mercy Medical Center in Springfield, Mo.; Scott and White Memorial Hospital in Temple, Texas; and Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle, Wash., to offer its associates heart, spine and transplant services. By seeking identified medical services at the partner health care organizations, Wal-Mart associates can receive specialized care with no out-of-pocket costs. The Wal-Mart program is the first time that a retailer is offering a comprehensive national program for heart, spine and transplant surgery.
Geisinger's ProvenCare is a best medical practice approach to caring for patients with a variety of health care needs, including cardiac disease. The program is designed to help patients recover faster, spend less time in the hospital and experience fewer complications.